Monthly Archives: March 2013

Arrest warrants issued in $1 million gold heist

Siskiyou Co photoYREKA — The Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office today identified two men suspected of stealing more than $1 million in gold from the county’s historic collection early last year.

Out-of-state sex offenders must now submit DNA sample

DNA StrandsIdaho
Before Senate Bill 213, people convicted of violent or sexual crimes in other states were required to register in Montana upon moving here. However, a DNA sample was not required.

DNA on Cigarette Butt Solves Armed Falls Church Robberies

Blue and black helixCity police worked with the Prince William County Sheriff’s Office, Fairfax County Police Department, Prince William County Police Department, Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Customs & Border Patrol Agents and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to solve the case.

DOD Identifies Missing World War II Pilot

MIAWASHINGTON — The remains of a serviceman from World War II have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors, the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office announced in a DOD news release issued today.
Army 1st Lt. John E. Terpning, of Mount Prospect, Ill., will be buried on April 3 in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. On May 7, 1944, Terpning was a pilot of a B-24D Liberator aircraft that departed Nadzab, New Guinea, on a bombing mission.

FY2013 DNA Backlog Reduction Program

Justice DeptNIJseeks proposals for funding under the FY 2013 DNA Backlog Reduction Program. This program provides funds to help States and units of local government with existing crime laboratories that conduct DNA analysis to process, record, screen, and analyze forensic DNA and/or DNA database samples; and to increase the capacity of public forensic DNA and DNA database laboratories to process more DNA samples, thereby helping to reduce the number of forensic DNA and DNA database samples awaiting analysis.
Application deadline: May 13, 2013

NIJ Announcement

Justice DeptAnnouncements
•Solicitation removed: NIJ has decided to offer the “Solving Cold Cases with DNA” solicitation every other year, alternating it with the “Using DNA Technology to Identify the Missing.”
•Impact of Sequestration: ◦Sequestration will not impact existing grants and cooperative agreements.
◦NIJ will fund the best ideas we receive from solicitations (as always, awards will hinge on peer review scores and congressional appropriations.)

Oregon’s DNA database makes its 5,000th match

Model of a DNA MoleculeOregon State Police hit a milestone when its forensic lab recently recorded its 5,000th match on DNA collected from crime scenes.
“Approximately half of the burglary cases we process will result in a CODIS (Combined DNA Index System) hit,” OSP Portland Forensic Lab Director Tom Barnes said in a press release. “For every two burglary cases we DNA process, one will hit to either a convicted offender or another case.”

Sweden joins European DNA data-sharing system

DNA DatabaseFrom the summer of 2013, Swedish police will be able to access other European Union nations’ DNA databases – a move which is expected to speed up international crime investigations.

Alameda County Receives Grant To Reduce Rape Kit Backlog

Helix4OAKLAND (CBS / AP) — The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday that it has received a $1.5 million grant to reduce its backlog of unanalyzed rape kits.

DNA, cell phone lead to arrest in South Loop attack

Blue and black helixDNA evidence and a cell phone left at the scene of a home invasion and sexual assault in the South Loop in January led to charges against a 19-year-old Rockford man, Cook County prosecutors said today in bond court.

Wisconsin appeals court upholds charging unknown suspect without full DNA profile

DNA and justiceMADISON, Wisconsin — A Wisconsin appeals court says prosecutors legally charged an unknown suspect using only DNA markers rather than a full profile.

Idaho on target to finish DNA database backlog project by July

ISP sampleThe Idaho State Police said its Forensic Services laboratories expect to finish entering the backlog of DNA samples into the National DNA Index System database by July. That means there will be more than 15,000 samples from the State of Idaho in NDIS, which is the database for the Combined DNA Index System (commonly known as CODIS). As of Tuesday, there were 12,427 Idaho samples in the national database, a 306% increase from the number of samples in 2010.

Boise State professor and international DNA expert hopes Knox acquittal will stand

KnoxKnox’s defense team called on Boise State genetics professor and DNA expert, Greg Hampikian to assist its case.
During Knox’s appellate trial in Perugia, Hampikian testified prosecutors had no solid DNA evidence to link Knox and Sollecito to Kercher’s murder stating the DNA the prosecution’s case hinged on was contaminated.

Iowa House Approves DNA collection from more criminals

Iowa CapitolThe measure would require DNA collection from adult offenders charged with an aggravated misdemeanor. Current law only requires DNA profiling on convicted felons and sexual offenders.

Regional crime lab get permanent director

DNA Helix1Minnesota
Erchal Springer has been named permanent director of the Tri-County Regional Forensic Laboratory.
Springer had been interim director of the laboratory, which is located at the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office and is a collaboration between Anoka, Sherburne and Wright counties, since Anoka County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Steve Johnson retired as director in 2011.